One of my favorite "brother"s left us this week to greet his Maker in heaven. My brother-in-law, Dave, fought a tough battle this year and I feel like he won. He is where we all should strive to be...fishing and baking pies and hiking those heavenly mountains...all his favorite things to do. The problem is, his wife, Nancy can't do them with him anymore. She is sad, but she knows for certain where he is and the sadness is brief because she knows that she will be with him again someday.
Dave was just one of those guys that you liked to be around. He loved life! He loved his boys! He loved my kids and my grandkids! He was a wonderful husband who enjoyed spending time with his wife...wherever they were.
We enjoyed many fun years with Dave....he and Nancy came up for many years, enjoying the solitude of their own cabin, but frequenting the lodge for one of his favorite meals...pizza! The last time they were here, I had the privilege of watching him work in my kitchen making one of his famous pies with..of course...his homemade pie crust. We stood in awe and watched Dave toss the ingredients together and make his perfect crust, fill it with his filling of choice, usually peaches and bake it to a picture perfect finish. He had a gift for pies and he knew it!
He also had the gift of gab! We loved going back to Illinois to visit our families and stay at the "Swigart Hotel". We would call to see if our room was available and it always was. They treated us like royalty and we had a great visit every time we were there. We'd always stay up too late, talking and sharing stories. We will forever miss those times...but we will continue to share that time with Nancy in their home...and I know she'll welcome us back.